As Puerto Rico awaits Hurricane Maria relief, Donald Trump takes to Twitter

Jerome Frank
October 3, 2017

The insult came hours after "Saturday Night Live" portrayed Cruz in a skit highlighting the latest controversy for the 54-year-old former human resources executive, who occupies one of Puerto Rico's most powerful posts and has become something of a divisive figure on the island of 3.4 million residents. The hurricane has killed at least 16 people, according to the official death toll.

'Donald Trump is now officially the drunk at the end of the bar, b******g about football, ' Maher added.

Hurricane Maria devastated power and communications systems when it blew over the Caribbean island ten days ago, leaving numerous country's 3.4 million residents without access to drinking water and electricity, and scrambling to recover.

Trump continued, "Such poor leadership ability by the Mayor of San Juan, and others in Puerto Rico, who are not able to get their workers to help".

"Sir, we just need help, please", Cruz said before Trump hung up on her.

"I can not fathom the thought that the greatest nation in the world can not figure out logistics for a small island of 100 miles by 35 miles", she said.

Acting U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Elaine Duke, head of the parent department for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), said Thursday she was satisfied with the disaster response so far.

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"FEMA is telling me I'll be getting some money in advance instead of reimbursement, so that's really going to help", Pérez said, adding that damages to municipal buildings alone will top $25 million in Guaynabo. "I am not going to be distracted by small comments, by politics, by petty issues".

He characterized the president as “speaking from his fancy golf club, playing golf with his billionaire friends, attacking the mayor of San Juan, who is struggling” to bring electricity, food, water and gas to the island.

When the Charlottesville white supremacy rally escalated into deadly violence, Trump spent an unusual amount of time condemning the media for reporting on his response to it.

Trump is now at his golf club. That sense of indifference is one that has existed throughout the complicated relationship between Puerto Rico and the United States.

NY emergency workers have spent the past week in Puerto Rico rebuilding infrastructure, delivering resources to families and aiding volunteers after Hurricane Maria ravaged the island and left most of its 3.4 million residents without basic necessities. The state previously sent 245 state military personnel to the island to aid local law enforcement and help with debris removal and set up donation drop-off locations throughout the USA territory. Of the latter, he noted in that USA territory "people working hard".

The eternal question: Is he playing eight-dimensional chess in feuding with the mayor or just being irascibly insecure?

While Trump has called the federal response "amazing", the mayor has appealed publicly to Trump by name to speed up the delivery of food, water, medicine and fuel, and "to make sure somebody is in charge that is up to the task of saving lives".

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Trump (@ realDonaldTrump ) September 30, 2017 ...want everything to be done for them when it should be a community effort. Colin Jost and Michael Che also slammed Trump for his response during SNL's " Weekend Update ".

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